Hoeven Continues Working to Ensure USPS Fixes Mail & Newspaper Delivery Issues in North Dakota, Receives Commitment to Address Dickinson Delivery Issue, Minot Box Repairs

Senator Calls on USPS Meet with Communities before Moving Forward with Processing Changes

***Click here for Hoeven’s letter to USPS. Click here and here for USPS’s responses to Hoeven.***

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts to ensure that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is fixing mail and newspaper delivery issues in North Dakota, and again called on the Postal Service meet with communities in the state before moving forward with mail processing changes.

 “From receiving the local newspaper to refilling prescriptions, paying bills, and sending packages to family and friends during the holiday season, our residents rely on the essential services provided by USPS,” said Hoeven. “We continue working to ensure that USPS is fixing delivery issues and at the same time have reiterated our concerns with proposed changes to mail processing in the state. USPS must meet with the impacted communities to answer any questions or concerns North Dakotans may have about the proposed change before moving forward with any processing changes.”

Hoeven has repeatedly raised concerns regarding delayed delivery of mail, packages and newspapers, as well as concerns about proposed changes to mail processing facilities, to USPS officials including, Director of Midwest Processing Operations Kathy Hand and Minnesota/North Dakota District Manager Angela Bye. In response to Hoeven, the USPS:

  • Committed to ensure that local newspapers are not sent to Fargo for processing but rather remain within their respective communities for prompt delivery.
  • Committed to address delivery issues, particularly with mail and local newspapers, that are concentrated in an area located in downtown Dickinson.
  • Committed to repair all USPS-owned cluster box units (CBUs) in Minot, North Dakota no later than January 5.